Frostbite director wants DirectX 12 to be mandatory

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The benefits of DirectX 12 are already apparent. As an API that allows developers closer access to hardware, it will allow them to get the most out of your graphics hardware, and give you better-looking games. Unfortunately – for some – the API is tied in to Windows 10, and those who’re still stuck in the past with Windows 7 might be unwilling to make that upgrade. Frostbite’s technical director really, really hopes you’ll upgrade. In fact, he’d like it so that it was mandatory for all 2016 games.

Speaking on Twitter, Johan Andersson, Technical Director at Frostbite (the engine that powers Battlefield and pretty much all of EA’s upcoming games), said he’d love to have it as the minimum spec, though he realises how aggressive that might appear.

The upgrade will be worth it. Preliminary tests show that DirectX12 significantly reduces CPU overhead, resulting in significant performance gains.

Will you be upgrading to Windows 10? I see no real reason not to. I’ve played around with the technical preview, and I like what I’ve seen so far. The upgrade, as a reminder, will be free to all of those sporting legal copies of Windows 7 and 8 in the first year of release. After that, you’ll likely have to pay a fair bit, so upgrading sooner rather than later would be the fiscally smart thing to do. I’ll be upgrading the day that Windows 10 is available, but I do like to live dangerously.

Last Updated: April 8, 2015

Geoffrey Tim

Editor. I'm old, grumpy and more than just a little cynical. One day, I found myself in possession of a NES, and a copy of Super Mario Bros 3. It was that game that made me realise that games were more than just toys to idly while away time - they were capable of being masterpieces. I'm here now, looking for more of those masterpieces.

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